Tag Archive | wine education

#VaWineChat – Trump Winery


Mark your calendars! Virginia Wine Chat will be at Trump Winery on December 11th!

Virginia Wine Chat — A monthly virtual gathering to discuss the wines, winemakers, wineries and regions of Virginia. (For reference — original article announcing Virginia Wine Chat.)

Continue reading

LWW’s Wine Immersion Boot Camp

Wine Immersion Boot Camp is held every Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon at Little Washington Winery. My mom, my roommate, and I attended the boot camp on a frigid and snowy March Sunday morning. This was my second trip out to LWW, so I knew what to expect at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. In case you’re worried, Wine Boot Camp only consists of 3oz arm curls, rather than drinking then running.


The sign that meets you at the door is a rather intense gentleman holding a sign that says spit. Fortunately, there was no spitting required, because the wines were all good. Although we drank a manageable amount for how long we were there, the order of the class made for an experience that was wine heavy at the very end. This was good in the sense that after the class you had new knowledge about wine and could put it to use.  The problem of a end-heavy experience is it could leave you feeling a bit tipsy.

Continue reading

VA Wine Chat

“Virginia Wine Chat — A monthly virtual gathering to discuss the wines, winemakers, wineries and regions of Virginia. (For reference — original article announcing Virginia Wine Chat.)


The current Virginia Wine Chat schedule:

Continue reading

How about wine and Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scout cookies always remind me of walking up and down my neighbor’s driveways with a wagon.  There are many things that transfer well from childhood to adulthood. In case this is something you’d like to try, I have compiled some recommendations for pairing wine with girl scout cookies.


Trefoil: Trefoils (Shortbread): Traditional shortbread cookies.

Wine Club Reviews Recommends: Light and refreshing, a Trefoil shortbread should be paired with Pinot Noir or even Sparkling wine if the mood is right.

Wine Spectator Suggests: 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine.

Foodie Blog: Pair with Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc. Beautiful aromas of peach, grapefruit and honeysuckle. In the mouth, a hint of melon with more citrus and a nice smooth honey feeling.

Virginia Version: Trump Winery Blanc de Noir or Sparkling Rose

Continue reading

Save the Sweet for Last: Why tastings are ordered the way they are

Ice Bucket

Tastings are often delivered in a particular order to help the taster have the best tasting possible. This is why when you attend a festival or visit a winery, the pourer is often hesitant to let you join in the middle of a tasting.  Having wines out-of-order can ruin the flavor of wine. I’m now going to try to answer the two main questions about why the order is the way it is. Continue reading

16 Date Ideas Involving Wine

If you’re in a budding relationship or just trying to keep the romance alive, wine is the perfect tool to woo both men and women. (especially women, let’s be honest) With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve compiled a list of ideas of how to incorporate wine in dates in both go-to and nontraditional ways.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 11.25.12 AM1.Visit a Winery (for a tasting, for a tour, for dinner, for lunch, for a picnic) – check out the VA wine map to find one close to you.

2.Visit more than one –  take a wine trail tour, drive yourself or hop on a bus. This is a great way to spend a day and visit a bunch of wineries.

3. Paris Night In – Go to your favorite grocery store get a baguette, some nice cheese, and wine (from the Virginia section!) so you can be Parisian for a night.

Continue reading

Un-Screw That.

 by Christopher Mize

by Christopher Mize

Let’s be honest.  During my first few weeks on the job at wine festivals, I could open approximately 1 bottle of wine in 5 minutes. Now, I pull off the capsule and open a bottle in less than 30 seconds  a skill my parents aren’t particularly proud of,  built by opening hundreds of bottles under a time crunch.  But during those first few weeks, I prayed for screw top bottles. Those would have been so much easier to open, and I wouldn’t have had to travel with a corkscrew in my purse right next to my pocket CPR mask. (I like to be prepared.)

Continue reading

Little Washington Winery

I decided to talk about Little Washington Winery first, because they have their Oysterfest coming up on January 25th. Oysterfest is a great event if you want to try oyster and wine pairings from VA and the East coast. I happen to be a vegetarian, so I’ll be skipping this event, but it does sound like a lot of fun.

Glass of George at Little Washinton Winery

Glass of George at Little Washington Winery

Little Washington Winery’s Dirt Road Wine Tasting is one of the most unique tasting experiences. Their sommelier, Andrew, travels all over the world to find the best artisan wines. Then, during the tasting, they put their estate wines up against the wines that Andrew finds. When I visited, I was asked if I could tell the difference between a steel barreled and a French oak barreled chardonnay in a blind taste test. (P.S. I failed.)

Continue reading

Leaving No Bottle Uncorked

There are currently over 240 wineries in Virginia bottling both still and sparkling wines.  From the Little Washington Winery‘s George that they call ‘red wine on training wheels’ to Peaks of Otter‘s ghost pepper infused wine named Kiss the Devil , everyone can find something that suits their palate. You can download your full 2014 VA Wine Guide here.

VA Wine

Over the next few posts, I am going to share my experiences at the wineries I have visited. Hopefully this will inspire you to get out and taste!

I suggest that you start slow and visit the wineries closest to you. Next, you can try visiting all of the stops on a wine trail such as any of the Monticello Wine Trails.  Just make sure if you’re at a day long festival, Kiss the Devil last so that you don’t ruin your tastebuds. Speaking of festivals, The Virginia Wine Expo is February 18th-23rd!  Mark your calendars or visit mine!

Hello Wine World!

I’m throwing myself a welcome to the blogosphere party and everyone’s invited.

festive balloon arrangement  from the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival

Fitting balloon arrangement from the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival.

Hello, I’m excited to be here. I’m a senior Economics major at JMU. I’m starting this blog as a class assignment to blog about something I’m passionate about and honestly, I love wine. I’m recently 21. Since then, I have had the opportunity to visit some Virginia wineries and attend VA wine festivals.

I hope to show everyone passing by why VA wine is worth uncorking and exploring. I’d also like to share some of the wine education I’ve received while working wine festivals and visiting local wineries. If you’re interested in learning more a little more about wine than the difference between white and red, then welcome!